Extending horizontally more than it does vertically, this groundscraper is the HQ for financial firm UBS. With robust architectural language – a perfectly formed steel object – 5 Broadgate is crafted with Swiss watch precision.
700,000 sq ft., 13-storeys
Structural Awards 2016 – Sustainability Winner
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BREEAM Excellent + one of the few buildings to receive an FSC Chain of Custody certificate
The facade is 65% solid, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. It provides exceptional solar and thermal insulation, while still allowing for ample natural daylight.
‘Prefabrication first’ approach: including roof, plant room areas, modular corridor units, chillers + switch room = reduced material waste + 175 fewer deliveries saving 17.5 tonnes of carbon
99% of construction waste diverted from landfill + built from 39% recycled materials
One of London’s biggest array of solar thermal panels
Worked with local businesses and residents, updating them in weekly liaison meetings: resulted in high project score of 46/50 in Considerate Constructors Scheme
At ground level: improved pedestrian links expressed with cutbacks, landscaping + specially commissioned public artworks
4 open-plan football pitch-sized floors with cores pushed to the perimeter = maximum spatial flexibility + space for spontaneous interactions
Abundant amenity: including restaurant, gym, retail space, newsagent, dry cleaner + cycle storage
It was critical for the building to have vault-like security and protection against fire and blast – for the UBS trading floors to continue trading in any eventuality. So, each floor was designed to support its own load, protecting against progressive collapse. And a bespoke assessment using VULCAN software was used to predict steel structure behaviour when exposed to fire. Hot stuff.
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